NASA Kepler Telescope Finds Another 52 Alien Planets In Habitable Zone

February 2, 2011

NASA Kepler Telescope Finds Another 52 Alien Planets In Habitable Zone

Previously we had informed our readers we are going through continuous disclosure [link] as a result NASA had announced Kepler Spacecraft found two new Earth size planet [link] and now in latest development list of Alien Planets in habitable zone extents up to 54.

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has uncovered total 54 planet- candidates that orbit within their host stars’ «habitable zones» – Go\ldilocks distances where the star warms the planet sufficiently to allow liquid water to remain stable on its surface.
Five of the 54 candidates are near Earth’s size but orbit smaller, dimmer stars that the sun. Others range in size from twice Earth’s radius to larger than Jupiter. If these turn out to be planets, researchers speculate that any moons they might have could be habitable, even if the planet itself isn’t.

These 54 objects appear on an overall list of 1,235 planet-candidates Kepler has detected during its first four months of operation – a pace significantly faster than even it’s biggest supporters expected.

Last March, accomplished planet-hunter Debra Fischer, a Yale astronomer who is not a member of the Kepler team, suggested that Kepler’s first year of operation would be dominated by discoveries of star-hugging, Jupiter-class planets, because those would be the easiest to spot. Only after three years of operation would Kepler begin to uncover Earth-scale planets, she forecast.

Instead, Kepler has served up a list of potential planets that includes 68 Earth-sized objects, 288 «super Earths,» 662 Neptune-class objects, 165 Jupiter-scale objects, and 19 objects larger than Jupiter.

«I’m amazed to sit here today and see that Kepler reaching the milestone discoveries faster than I anticipated,» she said during a NASA briefing Wednesday discussing the results.

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